The last couple of weekends have been utterly perfect. The first few in January were full of trips and brekkers in the little town. We visited friends and were visited. Guests came and were entertained, big, family dishes were cooked and cakes baked. February started as more of the same and then this last weekend was utter perfection. The Valentines Escape with TH was so lovely, so magical and so different from anything we’ve done before it couldn’t help but be special.
This coming weekend is going to be different from all of those and very difficult. This year’s resolution was to DO THINGS. It’s easy when your loved ones are close to you, but The Husband is heading away this weekend, and whenever he goes I miss him more than words can say.
So this weekend I will be brave, I will stick to my resolution, and I will do things. I will keep happy and busy and not let it slip away just because I could end up disappointed with being a bit lonely. You never know I could end up enjoying myself a great deal-slathered in a face mask watching chick flicks!
Upon finishing work on Friday I was picked up by TH and taken away to a lovely five star luxury hotel. The Marcliffe at Pitfodels is such a real treat to go to, and I’ve never, ever been to anywhere like it. We had such a spacious suite and a beautiful view out over the hills, fields and river Dee. We had fizz on arrival, fruit and chocolates from The Highland Chocolatier.
I spent the first hour wondering around and sitting down every so often to try and take it in, knowing fine well the weekend would pass in a flash-as it has done.Spying the First Minister, taking tea in the drawing room and looking at the art work and floral displays took up much more time than I ever thought it would!
We went out after unpacking (i was much too concerned for my new silk dress and its scrunched up arrival in my over night bag), and headed straight into town to get some nice food and catch a movie. When we came back we lounged around for a while and then headed for bed as i was constantly going on about making the most of our time there!
The next day we got up and had brekkers in the conservatory, and then took tea in the drawing room before going out to one of our favourite antique shops on Royal Deeside. We headed back again for High Tea and then i nipped upstairs for a little nap before we had supper in the big conservatory.
It was the loveliest trip i have ever been on. I have never been to anywhere so fancy and loved every single minute of it. Unfortunately the trade off was that TH took me there to celebrate Valentines day, but also to keep me reminded of our trip while he heads away for a little while with work. It was, however, a wonderful weekend and will never, ever, ever be forgotten!
At the start of the year i signed up to a great looking Valentines themed swap i blogged about here. Well through this swap I've found a brand new blog and have got emailing. Can't wait to see how things turn out!
As my partners blog is quite new i did email to get some ideas, but luckily the swap is so relevant it'd be hard to go very wrong. Ive also enjoyed being a bit pushed and dashing out to different shops for a look and ideas in my lunch break, as its in a different part of town and therefore quite new shops for me to have a nosey around!
I've decided to try and be good. I want to get out more and do more. I don't want to waste my time doing mundane tasks and boring old jobs. I want to get out and walk, visit and have adventures.
Yes, great big exciting adventures would be great, but who really can expect to (have the energy to) have them every single weekend? Ever since reading The Wonderful Weekend Book i have always meant to do something over the weekend, and not just use it as an extension of the working week.
Since giving up working over the weekend, i really can do all of the lovely things i have been meaning to.
From walking around my local town, where all of these pictures were taken) to spending time in the garden, or at the Farmers Market in The Big Town.
I want to be able to say i did something, no matter how small, i want to know that i have many, many useful and fun weekends to look forward to in a year...I'm bored with using them as chore days, I'm going out!
I blogged a wee while ago about a book I loved called The Wonderful Weekend Book. I still think its great and unlike fictional works, I read non-fiction more than once and keep their battered copies on the bookshelf. Over Christmas I read this one, starting and finishing in no particular place and going through the whole book.
Last year my resolution was to lose weight. I managed to lose four stone, but didn’t keep a track of it the way I wished I had. I guess when it comes to weight you either get to do a big post about how wonderful you’ve done… Or you end up having to do posts which feature beautiful descriptions of cakes, but you do have to add in that you haven’t lost what you hoped you would that week!
The up-side of my resolution last year was that its made me healthier. I was always one for long walks, but I ate so badly, now I have to admit that I'm quite proud of what I put into my body and I feel miles better because of it. There is still a little way to go, but the important thing is that I’ve got a good habit now.
That takes me nicely onto this years resolution. I haven’t blogged about it so far, but I have been doing it. This year I want to DO something in the weekend. Just like the Elspeth Thomson book I love so much. It should be easier for me to keep up blogging about it, and it makes me feel good when I achieve something, no matter how small, in the weekend. I need to catch up and start getting back into the bloggy swing, but I can’t wait to share our tiny little mini-advantures!
Homemaking, put quite simply is a form of art...I dont mean this in a self righteous way at all. I only mean that we should really aim to take care of our homely enviroment and not look down upon those who wish to do it.
I feel-or maybe i should say, I certainly have witnessed- occasions where women are too quick to turn on each other and put down the choices some make which too closely resemble choices our Grandmothers made, or paths they had no option but to follow.
I welcome anyone who takes the time to read my rambley, witless, chatter, but most importantly I welcome anyone who feels the same! We should be proud we can make our own decisions, and mine is to follow all happhazard forays into the world of homemaking and crafting.
The Husband and I have just found out we will be moving to Singapore in November 2013. 'TH's work will take us there for 2 years-hopefully we will save up for a house, have lots of adventures, visit lots of new places and maybe just have a little one. Right now we live in a little house in the middle of a field in the North East of Scotland. We moved from a seaside cottage which we moved to from a little flat in the suburbs. Our current house has lots of land and we are surrounded by trees on the edge of the glens. We have a westie who takes up all of our time and is utterly content with it staying that way! I love cooking, baking, gardening, and crafting. This blog is a collection of thoughts, pictures and general chit-chat.
Thank you for stopping by!x
Warm Cuddles on a bad day,
Warm Cuddles on a good day,
Bows, ribbons and lace,
Days out and adventures,
Baking beautiful things that make people smile,
Warm blankets and squishy pillows,
Any excuse to celebrate